COUNTRY: Germany, Columbia
Founded back in 2015, rekkorder can easily be described as one of those rare phenomena of a German rock outfit that manages to gain international recognition early on. With their debut album Breaking Silence recorded and released to critical acclaim in 2016 and both national and international shows successfully played soon after, there was no doubt that masterminds Nina Lucia Medina Muñoz (vocals) and Bernd Bloedorn (guitar) had their trajectory neatly planned from the get-go. Enlisting Grammy contributor Scott Hull at Masterdisk in New York as mastering engineer for Breaking Silence might have seemed like an unusual choice for an independent, power-driven heavy/alternative band with one foot firmly in metal, but in light of rekkorder’s trademark sound it made perfect sense: Known for his contributions to albums by PJ Harvey, Sinéad O’Connor, Nelly Furtado, Garbage and Panic! At The Disco, the trans-atlantic collaborator had the well-versed hand required to balance native Colombian singer/shouter Nina's vastly expressive vocal range against that driving instrumental force.
The upcoming release by rekkorder – presumably the last international rock band that’s visited Afghanistan to play live so far – was written throughout the pandemic’s temporal void. One is a collection of 17 eclectic tracks, each one a story, all nurtured by the emotional sponge that rekkorder set out to become. These guys are as perceptive as they are energetic, and the amount of reflecting they pour into each song near merits the term concerned rock.
Their soundscapes are dynamic, catchy, riff-infused, often melancholic and draw on a multitude of genres. The stories they tell are inspired by current world events and people’s lives alike, talking about suicide (Gravestone), addiction (MaryJane) and longing (End It All). That said, there’s always a strong emphasis on the reasons why people push through, which means that despite its serious subject matter, One has the songs to blast while driving (Gasoline) and the ultimate score for a brief moment of peace, when everyday problems fade against the backdrop of a cozy summer night (Be Alright). The band emphasize that their albums have no need for a stiff concept; their music is an end in itself: “We make our music simply because we have a need to do so.”